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Who Invented The Violin?

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The violin, much like other instrumental pieces such as the piano, has been around for a long, long time. And of course since it’s such an old piece, many people have gone and claimed that they were the inventors of it, although this is true in a few cases. The modern violin that we know today is the one that deserves the most credit. Andrea Amati is that such person as he created what we know as the modern violin in 1580.

Andrea Amati violinAndrea Amati violin. Made as  early as 1558, thus making it one of the earliest violins in existence. Photo by Jaime Ardiles-Arce.

About Andrea Amati

Andrea Amati was an Italian inventor who was credited with the invention of the violin. The reason he was able to do so is because he was positioned, by King Charles IX of France, at the time, to create something new and exciting for the kingdom to enjoy, musically. He would create this instrument and it would look very different then the one we are used to seeing today as they were splashed with interesting drawings as well paintings that covered the instrument from head to toe.

Antonio Stradivari and Andrea Guarneri

These kinds of violins are considered artifacts today and anyone who acquires one would have a hard time selling it because of almost how priceless they can be. Sometime later, after the design of the violin passed down through the Amati generations, it would escape the family and reach the minds of two other people, Antonio Stradivari and Andrea Guarneri. They would recreate the violin and release it in their own image, thus adding in the design that we know today of this very old instrument.

Modern day violin

It was the workings of these three men that gave use of the four strings attached as well the little stylist used to play the violin that made it what it is today. Some civilizations had very, very earlier versions of the same concept but none ever caught on like the ones developed by Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri. Sometimes all it takes is a king to force you to do something against your will in order to create something sounding amazing to the human ear.

String based instruments: The guitar invention and the piano invention.